The main intent here is to create an audience participatory event, where the viewer is involved in the work and the space so much so that they are no loner passive but become active participants in the event. To expand the scope of what is thought of as ‘performance art’ by exposing it to, and to it, another audience, a younger, uninitiated audience, more of a ‘general public’. In a temporary unification of disparate communities, the art community and the electronic dance or ‘rave’ world, both will benefit from some new blood, and cross fertilization of energies. To make art fun and exciting and to somehow bridge the gap between art and life and pop and high culture.
These events are similar in theme and practical application to a series of performance events held in Toronto over the winter of 1997-98, organized by Jubal Brown and Stephen Rife. Entitled the Wasteland Series (I, II & III), large, abandoned industrial spaces were used for site-specific performances and installations by roughly 10 artists each time.
A program of the the 2nd 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
Curated by Jubal BROWN
PO-PO Into the Wasteland
Saturday August 22 10 pm
Front St wasteland (between Spadina Ave & Bathurst St)
Featuring: Monty CANTSIN (Toronto), PHŸCUS aka Brian DAMAGE (Ottawa ON), Ioana GEORGESCU w/ ZILLON (Montreal QC), S. HIGGINS (Toronto), Richard K (Toronto), KNURL aka Alan BLOOR (Toronto), Stephen RIFE (St. Paul USA/Toronto), SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS aka W. A. DAVISON (Toronto), & tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE (Baltimore USA), plus DJs ASI/IAO & PSI2
PO-PO Samhain in Wasteland
Friday October 30 11 pm
abattoir building wasteland (corner of Niagara St & Wellington St W)
Myfanwy ASHMORE, Adrian BLACKWELL, Daniel BORINS, Jubal BROWN, Churla BURLA, Monty CANTSIN, Jada DADA, Sandra ERAZO, Magda GENEWSKA, Travis GLEDHILL, Jason HALLOWS, S. HIGGINS, JOSH THE DOG FACED BOY, Richard K, Margaret RADNICK, Stephen RIFE, SONGS OF THE NEW EROTICS, Zoë STONYK, Kika THORNE (all Toronto), plus DJs ASI, POLYPHONIC, Eric DOWNER and live audio by PRRR and MAZIKEEN